Roland Sawyer (1874 - 1969) Socialist

Roland Sawyer (1874 - 1969) Socialist


Description: Roland Douglas Sawyer (1874 - 1969) was a Congregationalist minister and for nearly 30 years a Massachusetts state legislator. He is best remembered as one of the leading Christian socialists of the first decade of the 20th century and as the author of an array of self-published books and pamphlets on genealogy and the local history of New England. In about 1907, the previously conservative Sawyer began to gain an interest in Christian socialism, a growing movement in that day. Sawyer joined the Socialist Party of America and ran for Governor of Massachusetts on the Socialist ticket in 1912. Running as a Democrat in the fall of 1913, Sawyer ran for the Massachusetts General Court, the state legislature. Unlike his previous electoral experiences, this time Sawyer won his race for office. He ran for re-election and won every two years thereafter for more than a quarter century, sitting in the Massachusetts General Court until 1941. Sawyer took an interest in the case of Sacco and Vanzetti, two anarchists accused of murder in conjunction with a 1920 armed robbery in South Braintree, Massachusetts, and was active in the unsuccessful campaign to win the pair a stay of execution and a new trial. In the Massachusetts General Court, Sawyer was regarded as a crusader against political corruption. Sawyer ran three more campaigns for higher political office as a Democrat, all without success: for U.S. Congress in 1925, a second try for Governor of Massachusetts in 1928, and a race for U.S. Senate in 1930. Offered here is a scrapbook he created starting around 1903, about 107 pages. He has titled the covers MY ATTEMPTS AT POETRY - Some Verses and Chants. A Complete Collect". On the 1st page he writes "My Attempts at Verse R.D.S.". (Inventory 38)
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